• 1½ cups / 360 ml warm water
  • 1½ tsp / 8 g salt or substitute
  • ¼  cup / 60 ml coconut sugar syrup (⅓ cup / 80 ml coconut sugar dissolved in ¼ cup / 60 ml water, boiled for 3 minutes while stirring, then cooled)
  • 4 cups / 480 g SWG flour
  • 1 (¼ oz / 7 g) package active yeast


Machine Method:
1. Add all ingredients to bread machine in order listed.
2. Set machine on wheat/light/1-lb loaf.

Hand Method:
1. Warm 1¾ cups of the water with the coconut sugar until the mixture reaches body temperature.
2. Add yeast to the water and sugar mixture. Set it aside for five minutes, or until it becomes foamy.
3. In a separate bowl, mix together salt and flour.
4. Add the water, sugar, and yeast mixture to the flour and salt, and mix until it forms one solid ball.
5. Allow the dough to rest for 10 minutes.
6. Knead for 10 minutes.
7. Allow the dough to rest for 10 minutes and then knead the bread for 10 more minutes.
8. Set the dough on a clean towel and allow it to rise until it doubles in volume (about 1½-2 hours).
9. Preheat oven to 375°F / 190°C. Spray a loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.
10. Punch the dough down, form it into a loaf and put it into the prepared loaf pan.
11. Allow the dough to rise again until double in volume.
12. Bake in the preheated oven for about 45 minutes, or until the bread achieves a golden brown color.
14. Cool on a rack and serve.


Bread is always more delicious right out of the oven, healthier when you can leave out preservatives, and more enjoyable when you use whatever flour and seasonings you want.  SWG flour is made from grain that has been allowed to sprout after harvesting, resulting in peak enzymatic activity that makes the end product more digestible and the nutrients more bioavailable. It not only maximizes the value, but also makes the bread richer than the usual whole grain product. All of these are brought together in this recipe for fresh-baked health.

Per Serving: 1 Carb, 0 Protein, 0 Fat
Preparation Time: 45 minutes + 2 hours
Cooking Time: 50 minutes
Difficulty Rating: 2
Serving Size: 1 oz / 28 g slice
Serves: 28

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124 responses to Homemade Sprouted Whole Grain (SWG) Bread

  1. Hi, Jennifer. Yes, sprouted whole wheat is the same. To which brand are you referring?

  2. how much did the flour cost as I had alook & it was 6 packs making 12 loafs for £59. that’s nearly £5 each surely that’s not right plus added ingredients costs plus electric for cooking it? where xcan I buy this flour cheaper? 1 pack is £14 ??

  3. I just mad this bread yesterday and it is AWESOME! I managed to get some SWG flour and I will not look back.
    I did discover a great addition though. I swapped out 1 cup flour for 1 cup of cooked “Five Grain Blend.” This product is made by a firm called Full Circle. I cooked IT up as per instructions and then added the cooled mix to the flour before adding the liquid. It really came out well.

  4. You can add dietary needs to your profile at any time. Just click on your name at the top of each site page, and in the lower right corner you will see the options. If you have very specific needs, you may benefit not only from making the specification in your profile, but also from using the full Menu Planner application (if you are not already), wherein you can choose the specific foods that go into your menu.

  5. This sounds good, glad to have the recipe!
    I was in such a hurry to sign up I realize I did have some dietary needs I did not mention. Can I get this added to my program so I don’t get menus with these foods on them?
    Suzanne Geiger

  6. Hi, DaTasch. Absolutely! The following are some tips:
    General Instructions
    1. Equipment: Quart/liter-sized or larger mason jar and piece of cheesecloth or breathable mesh to fit inside.
    2. Preparation:
    a. Remove the solid middle insert of the lid, and replace with the prepared cloth.
    b. Fill one-third of the jar with whole, unmilled, untoasted “raw” grains (i.e. wheat berries)
    c. Fill the rest of the jar with warm, filtered water at about a 2:1 ratio
    d. Add ½ teaspoon or 2½ grams sea salt, preferably a multimineral type such as Aztec, Himalayan, or Celtic.
    e. Screw the lid on with cheesecloth or breathable mesh screen in place.
    3. Processing:
    a. Soaking: Set aside to soak for 7 hours.
    b. Rinsing: Remove the mesh insert of the lid, and replace with metal insert. Pour the soaking water out of the jar, fill with fresh water, replace lid, and rinse well by shaking jar. Replace the metal insert with the mesh lid again, and drain.
    c. Draining: Invert the jar and lay at an angle so that air can circulate, and the water can drain off. Allow to sit in+++ the light.
    4. Repeat the rinse-drain process every few hours or at least twice daily for 3 days.
    In 3 days, the sprouts will be ready, about 3 mm long. Rinse sprouts well, drain, return to jar, place on the solid part of the lid without the mesh, and refrigerate (use within 2 to 3 days).
    If you want to make flour from the above, do the following:
    1. Spread the sprouted grains in a single layer in a dehydrator or in the oven.
    2. Set the dehydrator or oven to 120°F or 50°C (if you are using the oven, leave its door slightly ajar to enable air flow), and allow to dehydrate for about 12 hours, until grains are completely dry.
    3. Grind as finely as possible to make the flour. Store in the refrigerator or freezer.

  7. Can I make my own SWG?

  8. Hi, usualgh. Try Ada’s at 7070 College Parkway, and if all else fails, Whole Foods Market in Naples will have it for sure, and you can always order it online.

  9. Where can I buy SWG in Ft. Myers, FL?
    New Member

  10. Hi, Sunburst. They are actually international, but lesser known (less mass production generally means they are more nutritious and supportive of healthy weight management). You can check out our shopping guide here –

  11. Are some of these ingredients for the American market. I have never heard of some of them in the UK

  12. Hi, Katyscarlet. Try any of these –
    Lifestyle Bakery:
    Pure Life Bakery:
    ​Eco Farms:
    The Organic Grocer:

  13. Where can I buy SWG in Sydney? New member

  14. Hi, Hellond. Great to read! We wish you success :) :)
    Regarding this recipe, the sugar is there for the yeast to eat, not you – so Stevia won’t do the trick, but your body won’t feel those extra carbs either.

  15. Will Stevia work as the sugar in this recipe? I love the Trim Down Club! It is just what I have been looking for!

  16. gonna try this

  17. Hi, elaweiss. If you are in the US, Canada, or UK, you can find it at Whole Foods Market, or can order it online at Amazon. If you live elsewhere, please do repost, and I will find you a source.

  18. WHERE do we find SWG flour ?

  19. Hi, Iam1totry. “SWG” stands for “sprouted whole grain”.

  20. WHAT IS “SWG”?

  21. Hi, harleysue. Try the Sucanat (same amount – 1/4 cup), and another packet of yeast.

  22. Hi, Wondering if any one can tell me the * amount * of other sugars to put in this SWG Bread recipe, I have tried it with the Coconut Syrup recipe twice in my bread maker and find that it is very dense ! I have all the natural sugars available Sucanat, Xylitol, Erythritol and Monk Fruit. What amount of these sugars would I add to make it in the Bread Machine, also the total of Bread Machine yeast…. Has any one else had success using the Bread Machine Recipe… Any advise or suggestions would be Greatly Appreciated. Cheers ! Susan – New Member

  23. This is great, thank you.

  24. I have a bread machine but what I use it to knead/rise and kneed again. Then I take it out and shape it to make a loaf, I put it in a loaf pan and let it rise. When it’s baked I get a loaf that can be sliced into “proper” slices. NO blade to dig out from the bottom.

  25. Hello to all! The recipe has been re-tested and adjusted.

  26. What a disaster!!! My bread machine is covered with dough! It only had about 1/2 left and bubbled over and was burning to the inside of the machine and still gooey in the bread bowl. I will never make this again. I followed the recipe exactly. Don’t know what happened.

  27. Has anyone made this with water? I bake bread all the time and would love to try this. I am lactose intolerant so the only milk I have available is plain coconut milk. Not sure if that would change up the flavor or not!

  28. Hi, Maybabe, and thanks for the resource!! :)
    No, you don’t need a machine to make this recipe. See above for the “Hand Method” section.

  29. For those of you who are looking for a resource for SWG flour, check out the website “”
    They have it, as well as other hard to find items!

  30. Is a bread machine necessary to make this ? I have a stand mixer w/dough hook. I really want to make this.

  31. Where do you buy SWG flour in the UK? Is it called something slightly different? From my search so far I can only find SWG bread to purchase – I was hoping to buy SWG flour.

  32. Always make my own bread.

  33. Hi, WendyFig. Your additions may indeed help. Freezing is considered optimal for long-term preservation, and the sprouting enables the bread to freeze very well.

  34. If I added Lecithin or a capsule of Vit C (I actually use 1T Lecithin granules and 250 G vit c in my 50/50 WW bread right now and it is delicious.) Would the bread keep a few days extra like it does in my regular bread? My guy eats sammies for lunch due to his work…. Has anyone tried this? I use only Platinum yeast… best rise every time.

  35. Hi, MariWillmer. The coconut sugar line refers to the amount for the ready-made syrup OR how to make that amount from coconut sugar if that is all that is available. If you don’t put in enough, it could result in underfeeding of the yeast and lack of rise.

  36. My first loaf is a disaster! Most expensive disaster loaf I’ve ever made! What did I do wrong? It’s soggy in the middle and not raised at all…I thought it was coconut sugar syrup – the receipt is very unclear how much to put in:(

  37. Hi, LindaBrace. You can definitely buy SWG bread in England. It is sometimes called sprouted wheat or sprouted wholemeal bread, but there are other varieties. The most widely marketed is Everfresh Organic Sprouted Wheat Bread 400g by Sunnyvale.

  38. Hi, DSchultz. Sucanat is excellent.

  39. Can I buy SWG in England , if so where?

  40. Do you know if I can use sucranat in place of the sweetener ?

  41. Hi, Connie. See the shopping information below. The bread doesn’t need to be frozen if you use it on a regular basis, but it should be refrigerated.

  42. Hi, Linda. Instead of coconut syrup, you can use organic cane juice or even just raw sugar.

  43. SWG stands for sprouted whole grain. The flour is sold in health-oriented shops such as Whole Foods Market, as well as online through Amazon and other health-oriented online shopping sites – the UK link is It may be called various things such as sprouted flour, sprouted wheat, sprouted wholemeal, etc. The most reliable search is “sprouted flour”.

  44. Hi, Sebina. We are working on a healthy recipe for Irish Brown Bread.

  45. What can I use in place of coconut sugar syrup?

  46. What is SWG? I have not seen this in NZ, maybe we call it a different name.

  47. I make this already in a breadmaker

  48. what is SWG FLOUR

  49. What does SWG stand for?

  50. Where can you buy sprouted whole grain flour in the UK,Iv searched but cant find any ,only in the US !!

  51. I am allergic to Coconut. what else can be used?

  52. you say swg flour so what am i looking for? I don’t see anything that says swg. Please help me.

  53. Where can u buy SWG bread w all organic ingredients

  54. Is Ezekiel bread covered here?

  55. We’re do yo get this flour

  56. How magic was that … 6 loaves SWG bread delivered to my door !!! Into the freezer now !!

  57. I live on the mid north coast in Australia !! No retail outlets close by that sell SWG bread Got on line & found I can have it delivered to my home !!!! The name of the company is Lifestyle breads I am having ancient grain SWG bread & SWG spelt ,barley & oat bread delivered !!

  58. Where do I find SWG flour? After baking, should this bread be refrigerated. Just purchased program, will go through and read. Then start tomorrow.

  59. What is SWG Flour I want to purchase some

    Thank you Ossie. I found it carol-fl

  60. What is SWG Flour I want to purchase some

  61. do you have a recipe for bread like Irish Brown bread

  62. Hi, Ginamut. The recipe has been updated to be more specific. Thanks.

  63. Hi, boatybabe. You definitely don’t need a machine for this recipe. See the “Hand Method” instructions.

  64. Hi, SallyH50 and KKostiuk. “SWG” stands for “sprouted whole grain”.

  65. Hi, Jude. Xylitol is not recommended because the yeast needs actual sugar to multiply.

  66. I used all the ingredients in the quantities requested and the dough was very wet. Then I read that at the end to baste the top of the loaf with the remaining milk? I wasn’t supposed to use the whole amount of milk in the beginning? If so. the recipe did not say so. So I added more flour till the dough was the right consistency and I am following the rest of the steps. What did I do wrong?

  67. I can’t use a bread making machine as I live on a boat which is powered by batteries, so could you help me with how longvthis bread would need to be kneaded and left to rise for please.
    Thank you.

  68. what is swg

  69. what is (SWG)

  70. And I make my own starter from the book ” 52 loaves of bread” by William Alexander.

  71. Looks great but I would delete the coconut sugar. I add flax seeds, crushed almonds, dried cranberries and l
    I’ve it.

  72. Great bread recipe:) is it ok to use xylitol as a sweetener in this bread?

  73. Hi, LynG. Many people use baking powder instead – a ratio of about 1 teaspoon per cup of flour. In such recipes, you don’t need the sugar, and it is suggested to add oil – for this recipe, about 1/3 cup.

  74. Hi, RDscrap – no, the amount would stay the same. Amounts get tricky if you use gluten-free flours.

  75. Can anyone suggest a recipe for a yeast free bread

  76. Heya Ossie, if I use whole grain flour instead of the SWG flour do I have to adjust the quantity used?

  77. Hi, redbird10. Instructions for a bread machine have been added.

  78. Hi, susanstone49. Those products can be found in most health-oriented stores, including large chains such as Whole Foods Market. Online, sprouted whole grain flours are available through or, or even through Amazon; and coconut sugar is also available through Amazon, or on eBay.

  79. Hi, Fuelthesoul. A source of sugar is necessary for the yeast, so plain water is not a substitute for the coconut sugar. If you have nothing else, just use regular sugar (the amount is small and combined here with fiber).
    As for the flour, regular whole grain flour is fine.

  80. Hi, lmfortier54. Agave is not a preferred sweetener, due to its impact on the liver, but the small amount combined here with fiber is OK.

  81. Could you use Organic Blue Agave instead of the Coconut Sugar Syrup?

  82. Can you just use water instead if the coconut sugar syrup, I’m not sure this is available in New Zealand . Also the flour would i be okay with choosing whole Grain flour?

  83. Can I order the ingrediance like the SWG Flour, Coconut sugar, yeast etc? if so where and how?

  84. Hi, just looking into making SWG bread. Check out Reasonable prices and recipes. Great reviews. I’m going to give it a try. Beats the high prices of ordering Ezekial bread on line. I’m sure my local pharmacy that carries it will also charge an arm and a leg for very little product.

  85. how successful was using the bread maker for Homemade Sprouted Grain swg bread. Any tips?

  86. SWG flours can be found in health-oriented stores, such as Whole Foods Market. They are most easily purchased online, where the sky’s the limit in terms of selection.

  87. Regarding the gluten issue, most SWG does include some wheat, and is therefore not gluten-free, but there are indeed gluten-free types, such as amaranth, which you can mix with somewhat sturdier but still gluten-free flours such as sorghum.

  88. Hi, SharonCH. I’m not sure to which ingredients you are specifically referring, but I will take a guess, and give a bit of advice here. If SWG flour is out, just use whole grain flour, and if coconut sugar syrup is out, you can try molasses. Note that either milk or water will work for this recipe.

  89. I make my own sourdough bread. Is there any way I can use it. I don’t even know what some of these ingredients are in this bread recipe are or where to find them. Also very limited budget and can’t afford to order on line. Thanks for all your help.

  90. Real easy to make. I just added some SWG Flour to the dough because it was very sticky to knead. Came out great and delicious. Now I have to figure how to use my bread machine with this recipe.

  91. Where can I get SWG flour

  92. I’m gluten intolerant. Is SWG basically wheat?

  93. Is SWG flour GLUTEN FREE?

  94. Does anyone have this recipe to use in a bread machine? I am sure the measurements will be different.

  95. What is swg?

  96. How many oz 1 package of yeast has?
    I buy by bulks so I have like 1/2 lb of yeast.
    Thanks :)

  97. Found ezekiel flour at my bulk food store, and I’m going to try substituting liquid agave for the coconut sugar.

  98. Got a call from Blueberry Fields; I would have to buy a case of 6 28oz. bags in order for them to order it. At $8.29 a bag I can’t afford that. I’ll stick with the Ezekiel bread I buy at Market Basket which is made with Sprouted grains. Works fine for me.

  99. I went to Blueberry Fields Health store and they do not sell the SWG flour nor bread but they are going to look into stocking it. Maybe you all can do the same at your nearby health food stores. I will let you know when/if they do and how it comes packaged.

  100. I checked out our local health food store for the SWG flour and they will consider carrying it soon; I hope (Blueberry Fields, Keene, NH) They also do not carry the bread already made.

  101. are there choices of SWG, or just 1 kind.

  102. Also; 3. I am going to use the 1 packet of yeast as said, but do you know what the amount is is you use bread machine yeast that comes in the jar?

  103. 1. Can I use unsweetened coconut milk to replace the organic low-fat milk? 2. And if I can’t find liquid coconut sugar, can what is the amount of xylitol or stevia to use in place of it?

  104. Does this bread freeze well?


  106. You can use a different sweetener, but remember that it must be a source of simple sugar, and unrefined is optimal.

  107. This recipe can be made in a bread machine – just follow the machine’s instructions for adding in ingredients.

  108. Xylitol is a natural sugar alcohol, with 2/3 the energy of regular sugar, and none of the dental or metabolic problems, and no aftertaste. It is mentioned in the Trim Down Club article on sweeteners here

  109. SWG means “sprouted whole grain”. See the Trim Down article on the topic here

  110. Whole wheat that I grind myself doesn’t set well on my stomach is good, but doesn’t set well on my stomach. Is sprouted whole grain better or just as heavy? I am a new member.

  111. I make my own wholemeal bread in my breadmaker. What does SWG flour mean? I am a new member.

  112. your large grocers will have a small section set aside for these products ,If not you will need to find a natural food store or whole foods store in your area…..good luck ….i’m thankful they put this recipe on the board ,A loaf of this bread is 7 dollars. SWG flour is only 2.15 a pound in my area.

  113. I don’t see any answers to the previous comments. So, where do I find SWG flour and coconut sugar?

  114. What is xylitol.

  115. Where do I find SWG flour and Liquid coconut sugar? Could a small amount of Stevia based sweetener be used with a little extra liquid?

  116. where do i find swg flour and can I use a bread machine ?

  117. I don’t have a bread machine, don’t want one. I like to use my hands, makes for a good workout! Feel good about doing it on my own, something accomplished today! Dough is not tough if its done right. I used whole grain flour (can’t find the Sprouted stuff) i think whole wheat would work better than white flour if you can’t find the whole grain.

  118. Where can you find SWG flour? Local grocery stores? or health food stores?

  119. caI use a different sweetner????

  120. Could you show us the modifications of this recipe when using a breadmaker? Thank you

  121. I have a Bread Making Machine unable to get Sprouted Whole Grain can brown rice flour be used? Or how could this be made in a bread making machine?

  122. going to try normally use bread machine.

  123. How do I find the answer to whether this bread can be made in a bread machine?

  124. Can you make this in a bread maker